Elucidating the tractatus

Wittgenstein’s account of molecular – complex – propositions (among which, importantly, propositions of logic are to be found) on the other hand, relies on the idea that they are truth-functions of elementary propositions, namely propositions whose truth-value is determined by the truth-value of their constituent propositions; examples of such propositions are those obtained by the application of familiar truth-functional connectives such as ‘~’ (negation), ‘&’ (conjunction), ‘v’ (disjunction), and so forth.

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Nevertheless, the Tractatus contains philosophical insights, achieved despite his early preconceptions, that form the foundation of his later philosophy.

The anti-metaphysical interpretation that is presented includes a novel reading of the problematic opening sections of the Tractatus, in which the apparently metaphysical status of Wittgenstein's remarks is shown to be an illusion.

After clarifying Wittgenstein’s notion of an operation from the , I finally explain why Wittgenstein claims that an elementary proposition contains all logical operations in itself, and hence why he can be said to provide a unified (and thus not bipartite) account of language and logic.

– is a “nexus, a concatenation of names” (TLP 4.22), and it has a pictorial nature because its elements (names) are combined in the same way as the elements of its corresponding state of affairs.

Marie Mc Ginn provides a clear, comprehensive, and original interpretation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus and of its relation to Wittgenstein's later work.

The Tractatus is one of the most famous works of early analytic philosophy, the interpretation of which has always been a matter for controversy and is currently the focus for an important philosophical debate.[url=https:// utm_medium=api&utm_source=blog_book][img]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348196466l/157812.jpg[/img][/url] [url=https://

The book includes a discussion of the philosophical background to the Tractatus, a comprehensive interpretation of Wittgenstein's early views of logic and language, and an interpretation of the remarks on solipsism.

The final chapter is a discussion of the relation between the early and the later philosophy that articulates the fundamental shift in Wittgenstein's approach to the task of understanding how language functions and reveal the still more fundamental continuity in his conception of his philosophical task.

that they have meaning by being ‘logical pictures’ of elementary states of affairs), and the theory of truth-functions as an account of non-elementary propositions” (1959: 25-26).

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